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Foot Traffic

Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
Amy Lynch, a freelance writer and editor, catches an eye-to-eye glimpse with Tengku, a male Orangutan, at the Indonesian Rain Forest at the Fort Wayne Children Zoo on Friday. Tengku with female Orangutan Melati were excited to see this group watch from the other side of the glass. A group of travel writers from the state and region were visiting several places in Fort Wayne on a trip with Visit Fort Wayne. They were already at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale and were going to visit DeBrand, Parkview Field and check out different restaurants. The zoo opens April 23rd.

Travels to the Children's Zoo

Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Education and Communication Director Cheryl Piropato says that the Orangutans Tengku and Melati love to see the colors red and pink.

Camera: NIKON D2Hs

Shutter: 1/30 s

Aperture: f/4.5

Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)

ISO: 400

Strobe Flash: Off-Camera Flash

Lens Focal Length: 25 mm

White Balance: Manual

Shooter's Comments: On Friday, I went to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for a private tour with a group of traveling writers. I always love going to the zoo. I didn't know what to expect at this assignment. The first place we went was the African Journey section. I took photos of the group looking at the Swamp Monkeys and then they continued to the Indonesian Rain Forest to see the Orangutans.

I followed the group in hopes of some good interactive moments. The male orangutan named Tengku swung by in front of a visitor and it was luck that my camera was at a correct exposure to capture the two looking at each other. I used a little off-camera flash so that the glass would not glare. I also shot Tengku at another angle, he came really close to the glass to look at us.

It was so cool to see these animals. They had such great personalities. I guess they like the colors red and pink, so a lady put her purse down and it seemed like they came closer but it could have been that they were curious about us with all our cameras!

- Laura J. Gardner, Photojournalist